Software Advice’s annual electronic health records survey found mobile electronic health records (EHR) users are more satisfied than those who viewed the records on their laptop or desktop computers. •76 percent still access EHRs via a desktop or laptop •26 percent use a tablet or smartphone •58 percent of those accessing EHRs from a mobile […]

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Earlier this month, Kaiser Health News reported, based on a study of Medicare data, that 2,610 U.S. hospitals, or fully three-quarters of those subject to the hospital readmissions reduction program under the terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are being penalized this year for having too many patients return within a month for additional […]

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HHS launches $840M in new IT incentives

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With basic health IT now near-ubiquitous across healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced substantial new funding meant to help practices put that technology to work delivering value-based care. The $840 million Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative will roll out over the next four years in support of some 150,000 clinicians nationwide. […]

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If Google walks and acts like a healthcare company…

October 24, 2014

For a company whose founders claim they have no interest in healthcare, Google certainly has a lot of irons in that particular fire. This past week, it was reported that the search engine giant is testing out a new Helpouts feature that enables users searching for illness symptoms to talk, in real time, to doctors […]

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JASON’s 6 tips for interoperability

October 23, 2014

Following are six recommendations most recently made by JASON co-chairs David McCallie, vice president of medical informatics at Cerner, and Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative: 1. Focus on interoperability. ONC and CMS should re-align the meaningful use program to shift focus to expanding interoperability, and initiating adoption of Public APIs. 2. Establish […]

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Wearable tech must get smarter with data

October 23, 2014

For wearable technology to live up to the hype, especially when it comes to healthcare, it will have to be “interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven,” according to PwC. One in five American adults already own a wearable device, according to PwC’s new series, “The Wearable Future,” a rapid adoption rate that’s only expected to […]

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How to prepare for a MU audit

October 23, 2014

Over the past two years, eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) receiving EHR incentive payments have faced meaningful use audits from federal investigators (FIs) working on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). To date, EHs and EPs have been the subject of over 650 and 10,000 unique audits, respectively, with varying […]

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Steps to better claims management

October 23, 2014

Medical practices need to own up to responsibilities if they’re to improve upon a process in which one out of five claims fail to properly reimburse. It’s an industry standard that has weathered the test of time — though not in a good way. Commercial insurers inaccurately process about 20 percent of claims filed by […]

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Ebola case puts focus on health IT needs

October 22, 2014

The Ebola cases in the United States, despite their limited numbers, have generated considerable discussion and anxiety. The discussion has included health IT because of the initial assertion that the Dallas hospital electronic health record led to the first U.S. Ebola case being sent home. The assertion was subsequently refuted, but it initiated conversation about […]

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Less than 10% of data must be structured to meet MU

October 22, 2014

As little as 7 percent of data contained in a representative patient chart is actually required to be structured by the Meaningful Use standards, according to a new study by WebChartMD . When lab data was included, that percent rose slightly to 9 percent. The study, which examined de-identified orthopedic cardiovascular notes from 100 patients, […]

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